Cringely continues his exploration into what Google really plans to be when it grows up. He speculates that Google's fixation on buying up real estate near power sources and building datacenters like hot-spotted Starbucks coffee shops is part of the company's goal to become your indispensable phone, cable company and plain old Internet service provider, disintermediating the current set of service providers trying to hold on in the digital age.
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This week on the Dan & David Show, David gives a recap of Mashup Camp 3 and we discuss how software APIs and platforms are evolving, with the Internet as a kind of operating system. it's still in an embryonic phase, but the stage is set for a big shift into the loosely coupled software world.
According to Jagdish Rebello, director and principal analyst with iSuppli, the sky-high prices of Apple's 4GB and 8GB cell phones can't defy gravity for very long. According to News.
Think your supply chain systems are complicated? Try being the Department of Defense, which spends $150 billion on its supply chain and is in the middle of revamping its processes and technology systems to eliminate waste.
While IBM delivered solid results and its software and services businesses shined, the hardware business was a disappointment to many Big Blue watchers. The growing popularity of virtualization may be a big reason.
I went to a press event this week where Sun executives talked about making a frontal assault on Red Hat's with Solaris 10. Sun is spinning up new services for life cycle management for its operating system in the Web tier, as well as OS migration programs and new programs for resellers.
Notable headlines:Is your flash drive fast enough for Vista’s ReadyBoost?IBM net gains on software acquisitions, contracts.
David has been at Mashup Camp 3 in Cambridge this week. Martin Lamonica of news.
IBM reported fiscal fourth quarter earnings and there's one thing that stands out: Big Blue is showing big gains in software. Like EMC, and other hardware firms, IBM has bulked up on the software acquisitions with the latest purchases including FileNet and Internet Security Systems.
Another day, another Comcast broadband outage. It has been that way for nearly three weeks.